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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
differentiate
verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
clearly
▪ Circular temples are often difficult to identify unless they are clearly differentiated from their domestic counterparts.
▪ The variety of relationships between the novice and the introducer is clearly differentiated along gender lines.
▪ From these profiles it will be established which, if any, indicators most clearly differentiate between groups at different income levels.
▪ Here tasks are less clearly differentiated according to rank; men in all three grades would, for example, conduct routine river sampling.
▪ But although instruments were freely used they are not clearly differentiated from voices until the Second Book of Symphoniae.
▪ The auction houses may anticipate an effect on prices, although early and late impressions are already clearly differentiated in catalogue descriptions.
▪ Also, scintigraphy may not differentiate clearly between neuropathy and myopathy.
▪ Foremost among these is the development of state societies displaying more clearly differentiated institutions of government than do chiefdoms.
■ NOUN
cell
▪ Some body cells really might have differentiated beyond the point where totipotency can be recovered.
▪ Then, with luck, some of the reintroduced, transformed cells will differentiate to form germ cells in that embryo.
▪ But it is also clear that the blastomeres in a two-#cell or a four-cell embryo are not differentiated.
product
▪ They will attempt to differentiate their products.
▪ We now introduce another restriction: the production technology for differentiated products is homothetic.
▪ The way to differentiate the product is therefore through the quality of service provided by staff.
▪ Hence differentiated products provide a simple explanation of intraindustry trade.
▪ This is the differentiated products approach.
▪ In chapters 7, 8, and 9 we use the differentiated products approach to develop a theory of trade.
▪ We can not prove in general that countries gain from trade in the differentiated products model.
▪ First, we assume that there are only two industries, one producing a differentiated product and the other a homogeneous product.
type
▪ Moreover, in all this research work there is a failure to differentiate types of writing adequately.
▪ Does the display differentiate between sizes of type.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ As journalists, we have to differentiate between facts and opinions.
▪ Part of the Management course was teaching us how to differentiate essential tasks from less important ones.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Circular temples are often difficult to identify unless they are clearly differentiated from their domestic counterparts.
▪ Dolphin sounds are unintelligible to humans, and cover a larger range of frequencies than we can hear or differentiate.
▪ Such a structure requires that aims and objectives are explicit and differentiated.
▪ The leaves are of diverse shapes, simple to compound, differentiated into petiole and blade.
▪ These prerogatives are what differentiate organizational owners from the members of other constituent groups.
▪ Traditionally, domestic policy was sharply differentiated from foreign policy.
▪ Vygotsky differentiated between what he called the zone of actual development and the zone of proximal development.
▪ We must also understand how to differentiate between what should be remembered and what should be forgotten.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Differentiate

Differentiate \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. t.

  1. To distinguish or mark by a specific difference; to effect a difference in, as regards classification; to develop differential characteristics in; to specialize; to desynonymize.

    The word then was differentiated into the two forms then and than.
    --Earle.

    Two or more of the forms assumed by the same original word become differentiated in signification.
    --Dr. Murray.

  2. To express the specific difference of; to describe the properties of (a thing) whereby it is differenced from another of the same class; to discriminate.
    --Earle.

  3. (Math.) To obtain the differential, or differential coefficient, of; as, to differentiate an algebraic expression, or an equation.

Differentiate

Differentiate \Dif`fer*en"ti*ate\, v. i. (Biol.) To acquire a distinct and separate character.
--Huxley.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
differentiate

1816, from Medieval Latin differentiatus, past participle of differentiare, from Latin differentia (see difference).\n

\nOriginally a mathematical term; transitive and non-technical sense of "discriminate between" is from 1876. Earlier, difference had been used as a verb in this sense. Related: Differentiated; differentiating; differentiation.

Wiktionary
differentiate

vb. (context transitive English) To show, or be the distinction between two things.

WordNet
differentiate
  1. v. mark as different; "We distinguish several kinds of maple" [syn: distinguish, separate, secern, secernate, severalize, severalise, tell, tell apart]

  2. be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers" [syn: distinguish, mark]

  3. calculate a derivative; take the derivative [ant: integrate]

  4. become different during development; "cells differentiate" [ant: dedifferentiate]

  5. evolve so as to lead to a new species or develop in a way most suited to the environment [syn: speciate, specialize, specialise]

  6. become distinct and acquire a different character

Usage examples of "differentiate".

There is no independent data indicating any variation whatever in the methods of the admixture of black or colored inks, which differentiates them from those used in the earliest times of the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews or Chinese.

It has often been affirmed that Tolstoy was an eminently natural, subconscious, elemental man, and that in this he was akin to primitive man, as yet imperfectly differentiated from nature.

In an effort to differentiate themselves, both polities were early adopters of economic trends such as deregulation, equities, venture capital, entrepreneurship, privatization and hi-tech.

It remains to decide whether there can be any differentia derived from the genus to which the differentiated thing belongs, or whether it must of necessity belong to another genus?

Surely not: the differentiae must come from outside the genus differentiated: they must be differentiae of Being proper, but cannot be identical with it.

The source of power, according to the doctrinaire democrats was in the broadest, most undifferentiated mass of the population, and not in the spiritually differentiated strata born with the mission of accomplishing the life-task of the Nation, and actualizing the national Idea.

Cows that don't conceive have their tails cut to differentiate them from the fertile cows, whose tails are left long.

Zoroastrian dualism, the same arrogant assumption that the Goddess could be banished, when all that was banished was a poorly differentiated mythos that many ecofeminists have severely reinterpreted to fit their ideology.

In Kansas City the usual gaggle of esurient sycophants who cannot differentiate between the Artist and the Art rushed the podium for autographs and cheap thrills such as the pressing of flesh.

The attributes of guides as differentiated from soulmates and other supportive entities will be examined in Chapter Eight.

A deposit of these rocks lies in the Vale of Clwyd and probably flanks the eastern side of the Pennine Hills, although here it is not so readily differentiated from the Keuper beds.

It is a peculiarity of kleptomania, as you are no doubt aware, that the subject is unable to differentiate between the intrinsic values of objects.

The previous differentiated self is integrated into the newly emerging self, which must likewise stably differentiate itself from the others in its newly emerging environment.

At the next level, synchrony occurs between the various organs, in the sense that they all keep to the same period, even though the cells have differentiated into disparate types.

With the Greeks the tetrachord was the unit of analysis as the octave is with us to-day, and all Greek scales are capable of division into two tetrachords, the arrangement of the intervals between the tones in each tetrachord differentiating one scale from another, but the tetrachords themselves always consisting of groups of four tones, the highest being a perfect fourth above the lowest.